By Tom Kreidel, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- A Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic Public Works Department (PWD) Norfolk pipefitter has been recognized for his commitment to service with NAVFAC's Peggy B. Craig Lifetime Service Award, announced March 1.
Edward Jones, known to his friends and co-workers as "Shiny Shoes" for his always perfect footwear, began his career in 1972 with the Navy Public Works Center Norfolk. A Vietnam veteran, he has a reputation as the go-to employee for solving difficult problems, often long after normal working hours.
"My supervisors know they can count on me," said Jones. "If they pick up the phone to call me, day or night, I'll be there."
According to production manager Richard Banks, Jones is a true teammate in every sense of the word, sharing his vast knowledge about base systems with everyone from the newest apprentice to the Public Works Officer.
"He knows where every valve on the base is," said Banks. "In fact, there is a pretty good chance that he installed it."
Banks adds that Jones is an ideal mentor for new employees, thanks to his even-keeled personality and a willingness to ensure that those being trained understand everything being presented to them.
"When I leave here, someone will need to take over," said Jones. "I'd advise anyone coming to work here that if you step up to the plate and do your job, someone will help you. What we do matters and it will be noticed."
Banks added that his dedication goes beyond his job as pipefitter. Jones has pitched in on other efforts, including snow removal, removing a tree that had fallen down on a perimeter fence and countless other jobs.
"If I can't fix it, it ain't broke," joked Jones.
The Peggy B. Craig Lifetime Service Award was established in 2012 in honor of a longtime NAVFAC headquarters employee to recognize NAVFAC civil servants with 20 or more years of service to NAVFAC, the 1st Naval Construction Division, the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering, or any subordinate unit. Criteria considered include a nominee's impact on the organization and people that they serve, demonstration of a strong and consistent record of professional excellence in their field, and demonstration of a strong sense of "servant leadership."
"Mr. Jones' amazing work ethic exemplifies the best of what NAVFAC has to offer as an organization," said Capt. John Korka, commanding officer NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic. "He is the embodiment of our commitment to get the job done.